Saturday, January 11, 2014

Vox Lox 30 for 30: Counting Down My Favorite Plays as a Cleveland Sports Fan, 1984-2014

30. Pronk ends the midge game, beating the Yanks in eleven innings.

26. The Catch.

25. Joe Germaine's TD toss to David Boston completes a Rose Bowl-winning scoring drive.

20. Greg Oden's block caps comeback win over Tennessee in Sweet 16.

19. Doc Gooden belts a two-tun homer at Riverfront Stadium and the Indians edge the Reds, 8-6. Shut up, this is my list. Make your own.

18. Landon Donovan's goal vs. Algeria. Give me a's a World Cup year, plus coming up with thirty positive plays for Cleveland was no easy task. Anyway, I believe it was John McCain who said "country first."

16. Bernie Kosar finds Webster Slaughter on the first play of overtime, and the Browns end the Three Rivers jinx.

15. Before Brazilian wild thing Andy Varejao, there was Rick Vaughn of the California Penal and the biggest K in franchise history.

14. "Ehlo will inbound. He gets it into Nance. Gets the ball back, drives to the hoop. Lays it in with three seconds to go!." Aaaaaaand we'll stop there. Nothing here to see afterwards, nope.

13. Cavs vs. Bulls; Unheralded SF Mike Sanders drains an ill-advised trey to help even the 1992 Eastern Conference Finals at four games. I screamed NOOOO and YESSS in the same breath. Even with the internet, I can't offer any proof that this play actually happened.

12. 4th & 1.

11. LeShot. Look, it choked me up. Do I feel silly now? Yeah. But it was a moment. Come back, 'Bron. I mean, fuck you, don't come back.

9. Clay Matthews intercepts Jim Kelly at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, giving the Browns their third trip to the AFC Championship Game in four seasons.

8. Albert Belle rescues Game 1 of the 1995 ALDS with a monster blast, then credits right bicep.

7. Marquis Grissom steals home when Omar Vizquel misses a bunt attempt; Tribe wins Game 3 of the 1997 ALCS in extras.

5. Sandy Alomar's eighth inning HR ties Game 4 of the 1997 ALDS. First playoff earned run surrendered by Mariano Rivera. The second wouldn't come for another four years.

4. Dennis Mempham's Coliseum-erupting, empty-net goal, with the Force two men down on a power play, essentially eliminates the Blast from the 1986 MISL playoffs.

3. Damon Jones, cold off the bench, nails a corner three and the Cavs win their first playoff series in thirteen years. 

2. Tony Pena's walk-off jack wins Game 1 of the ALDS. A fitting, first taste of playoff baseball for almost three generations of Clevelanders.

1. Maurice Clarett wrestles the football away from Sean Taylor, post-interception. Biggest play from the lone championship of my lifetime. 


Chargers (+10) over Broncos, 2 dimes
49ers  over Panthers, 2 dimes
Saints (+8) over Seahawks, 1 dime
Patriots (-7.5) over Colts, 1 dime

Last Week 1-2-1 (even)*
Season: 13-14-2 (even)

* Although I recommended a 2-dime play on the Colts last week at -2.5, the line actually moved to a pick on game day. Most of my readers profited from the Colts one-point win and made four units of profit last weekend from my selections. However, because this column has always stood for handicapping integrity, I will take the game as a loss because the pick was published at -2.5.


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